What to wear.
On a hotelboat cruise you will find that your
fellow passengers may be adult couples or singles, some will be
first timers, others will be working their way towards
travelling every canal in England. Some will be tourists,
fitting a hotelboat cruise into a larger UK holiday, others will be
people come from a wide variety of backgrounds and
lasting friendships are frequently made. Smaller boats may be just you and the
Canal holidays are casual holidays so best leave the suits and ball gowns
behind! We all know English weather can bring
"four seasons in one day" so remember sweaters
and waterproof coat as well as sunny weather wear.
Stout shoes, gloves and clothes you dont mind
getting dirty are a good idea if you want to walk and
help with locks. Dont forget torch, camera, sketch
book and book to read, but remember storage space is
often limited so dont bring too much. Hotel boats
often have small libraries of books on board.
Hotel Boats pride themselves on their food, both quality and quantity. They are
skilled in catering for a range of dietary needs but they do need warning in
advance of your requirements. And if you're still hungry, canal side pubs usually do meals, though
serve lunches noon till two or three p.m. and dinners
from seven to nine p.m., and some wont do any food
on Mondays. Well, this is England!
How much work.
All the steering and lock work is done by the crew who are pleased to let you
help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and
accessibility. You can stroll the towpath almost whenever you like
rather than ride on the boat.